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Lynch School of Education

Elementary Education

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Teaching today’s diverse learners requires a broad knowledge base, complex problem solving, and critical reflection. A degree in Elementary Education from Boston College provides you with the total package of tools, skills, and resources to thrive as an educator.

Our program features applied learning in many settings—public, private, parochial, and independent—and include bilingual, alternative, and special needs classrooms. Our practica and methods courses are closely linked so you’re always expanding your knowledge and practice. And you’ll interact with a variety of people, on campus and beyond, including expert faculty, experienced practitioners, graduate students, researchers, and students from a variety of contexts.

Coursework with breadth and depth

Our Elementary Education program features coursework in child development, learning theories, and instructional strategies. You’ll leave prepared to teach children in grades one–six, with and without mild disabilities.

Courses focus on:

  • Instructional strategies and models
  • Curriculum and school organizational practices
  • Educational technology
  • Assessment procedures and instruments

As an Elementary Education student, you’ll complete Boston College’s Core requirements, providing you with a strong liberal arts foundation for whatever your future holds. And you’ll strengthen your expertise with a major or interdisciplinary major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.

In line with accreditation standards and with our program mission, the following are the expected student learning outcomes upon completion of the program.

  • The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students by providing high-quality and coherent instruction, designing and administering authentic and meaningful student assessments, analyzing the student performance and growth data, using the data to improve instruction, providing students with constructive feedback on an ongoing basis, and continuously refining learning objectives.
  • The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, create a safe and effective classroom environment, and demonstrates cultural proficiency.
  • The teacher candidate will promote the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice.
  • The teacher candidate will demonstrate an inquiry stance by collecting and reporting data on pupil outcomes for the purpose of assessing, teaching, and modifying instructional practice.
  • The teacher candidate will identify policies and practices that contribute to systemic inequities in education and be aware of how his or her own background experiences are influenced by these systems, and recognizes a professional responsibility to promote and practice principles of social justice teaching.

Graduate fit for licensure

With our comprehensive curriculum, our students receive endorsements for initial licensure before graduation. Students also graduate with Sheltered English Immersion endorsements to apply for their initial licensure and can earn English Language Learner certificates.

By the numbers

98%—the placement rate in education or education-related positions our graduates enjoy.